Lars Von Trier wants the wrong Skarsgard for his new porno

Lars Von Trier wants the wrong Skarsgard for his new porno (photo)

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Lars Von Trier is no stranger to controversy, directing difficult films that are magnets for misogyny accusations and even getting kicked out of Cannes for admitting he looked a little too kindly on the Nazis. But all that is just warm up for what is possibly the most shocking, horrifying act the auteur has ever committed: Casting Stellan Skarsgard instead of his son Alexander in a pornography.

In a show of Scandinavian solidarity, the Danish director plans to work with the Swedish actor, who has appeared in Von Trier’s “Dancer in the Dark,” “Dogville” and “Melancholia.” As picked up by The Hollywood Reporter, Skarsgard told E! News, “Lars called me and said, ‘Stellan, my next film will be a porno and I want you to play the lead in it.'”

Of course, it’s our firm belief that Von Trier, simply got confused, offering the role to his old colleague instead of his younger, fitter, uncomfortably handsome and even more uncomfortably Aryan-looking son, Alexander Skarsgard. Like the rest of us, we’re pretty sure that the director is still watching “True Blood” and learning some new things about himself courtesy of those gratuitous Eric Northman butt-shots.

Von Trier’s next film is called, appropriately, “Nympomaniac,” and is said to explore female sexuality from birth into middle age. The director is writing the film through copious research, which involves talking to 50 and 60 year-old women about their sexual experiences. Von Trier stated, “You have no idea how dirty the female mind is!” which while it won’t help with the misogyny accusations, might at least distract people from that time he claimed he had sympathy for Hitler.

What horrifies you most about “Nymphomaniac”? The fact that it’s being made by a self-professed Nazi, or that you might have to see full-frontal Stellan Skarsgard nudity? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Check Out the Spirit Awards Nominees for Best Male and Female Leads

Catch the 2016 Spirit Awards live Feb. 27th at 5P ET/2P PT on IFC.

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From Jason Segel’s somber character study of author David Foster Wallace, to Brie Larson’s devastating portrayal of a mother in captivity, the 2016 Spirit Awards nominees for Best Male and Female Leads represent the finest in the year of film acting. Take a look at the Best Male and Female Leads in action, presented by Jaguar.

Best Male Lead 

Christopher Abbott, James White
Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation
Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind
Jason Segel, The End of the Tour
Koudous Seihon, Mediterranea

Watch more Male Lead nominee videos here.

Best Female Lead 

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Bel Powley, The Diary of A Teenage Girl
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Tangerine

Watch more Female Lead nominee videos here.

It’s a wedding at the end of the world in new “Melancholia” trailer

It’s a wedding at the end of the world in new “Melancholia” trailer (photo)

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Weddings are usually a reason for celebration, but what about when the world is ending?

The new trailer for Lars von Trier’s “Melancholia” has arrived online, offering a glimpse at what happens when a couple’s big day just happens to coincide with a cataclysmic event that could bring an end to humanity.

While Lars von Trier made an early, forced exit from this year’s Cannes Film Festival due to anti-Semitic comments he made while doing press for “Melancholia,” the film itself is earning heaps of praise from critics for its beautifully shot, poignant perspective on the end of the world as we know it.

In the film, Kirsten Dunst and Alexander Skarsgård play a couple whose wedding happens to fall on the eve of Earth’s collision with a planet. The film also stars Kiefer Sutherland, John Hurt, and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

The official synopsis is as follows:

Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide into the Earth.

“Melancholia” will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival and then at the New York Film Festival before getting a limited theatrical release October 7.

What do you think of the trailer? Chime in below or on Facebook or Twitter.

Lars von Trier readies hardcore sex flick “Nymphomaniac”

Lars von Trier readies hardcore sex flick “Nymphomaniac” (photo)

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Oh, Lars von Trier. You make such great fodder for headlines. Just look at these things!

-“Lars von Trier on ‘Nymphomaniac': ‘I can’t make a film about the sexual evolution of a woman without showing penetration'”
-“Lars von Trier: ‘Nymphomaniac will show penetration'”
-“Lars Von Trier: Entre la censura y el sexo explícito”

Not el sexo explícito! Won’t someone please think of the niños?

Yes, Lars von Trier’s new film “Melancholia” hasn’t even hit American theaters yet (it opens on November 11), but the dependably controversial Danish director is already talking up his next project, a film entitled “Nymphomaniac” that will — nay, must! — feature shots of sexual penetration. Now, if just about any other internationally regarded master director announced his next flick would feature hardcore sex, it would be major news. But for Lars von Trier — who featured super-arty penetration shots (and a whole lot more) in his “Antichrist” — this is just another day at the office.

(Also if you picked August 2, 2011 in the What Day Will Matt Write “Super-Arty Penetration Shots” on IFC.com Poll, congratulations; you are the big winner.)

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, which describes the project as the story of “the sexual evolution of a woman from birth to age 50,” von Trier said that “as a cultural radical” he couldn’t possibly “make a film about the sexual evolution of a woman from zero to 50 without showing penetration.” For the love of all that is good in this world, Lars, please let the penetration shots happen as far away from the zero end of the spectrum as possible.

von Trier also promises that the film, which he concedes might need to be released in multiple cuts to appease various international censorship bodies, will not simply be a porn film. “It principally is a film with a lot of sex in it and also a lot of philosophy,” he told EW. Again, if you’ve seen “Antichrist,” you have to take him at his word. That movie had some hardcore nudity, but only a truly demented individual would call it porn. And you’d have to be demented not to want to see what the wildly innovative and always interesting von Trier does with this material. “Nymphomaniac” is tentatively scheduled to go into production next summer.

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